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Subject: Re: Travel Plans? Date: 1/17/2002 7:42 PM
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Hi Lee!

I'm redhed's daughter ... when she emailed me this AM saying someone wanted to know where I found the cheap airfare, I knew it was probably for the TMF. So, I did a quick search, and found your message. :) <Hi, Mom!>

Anyway, I don't know what city you're located in, but you can do way better than $800 to London right now. All the airfares are offerring great deals.

www.expedia.com has a fare on American for $295 from NYC to London, leaving March 7th & returning March 20th. Also, on the Expedia web site, after you enter your trip information, you'll see a banner ad at the top of the page that links to a fare sale with British Airways. Here are some sample fares that BA is offerring right now:

New York–London: $218
New York–Paris: $285
New York–Amsterdam: $283
Chicago–London: $278
Chicago–Paris: $345
Los Angeles–Paris: $435
Los Angeles–London: $368

I didn't pay close attention to the deadlines (I'm in a hurry) but believe you have to buy the tickets by the end of January. I think travel is valid until March 20 or something.

Expedia has a feature called Fare Watcher, where you enter your three favorite destinations and they email the fares to you once a week or so. Sydney is on my Fare Watcher, and right now it's $819 from LAX (my home city.)

I also hear Lufthansa is having a sale right now.

I also like www.travelocity.com, which also has an email fare watcher and that's how I found my $299 fare to Paris.

I also subscribe to Webmiles. Basically, a lot of different merchants (LL Bean, Wine.com, REI, Dell, etc ...) are partners with Webmiles, and everytime you spend a dollar, you earn a mile or two. The local supermarket in LA, Ralph's, is in the Webmiles program, so everytime I go grocery shopping and use my Ralph's card, I earn miles. I had enough miles to get a $100-off voucher, so I'm using that on this trip, and am only spending $250 on airfare. ($299 + taxes - voucher.) Damn, baby! *does the happy dance*

I also like www.smarterliving.com and subscribe to their email list.

As for train fare to Scotland, it looks like about 6-7 hours on the train ... a quick search on Rail Europe (www.raileurope.com) shows that London to Edinburgh, second class, is $121. However, if you are planning to travel to other destinations in Britain besides Scotland, it may be worth the money to buy a BritRail Pass. However the coach (bus) is cheaper - it takes 8 1/2 hours to go from London Victoria to Edinburgh, but only costs $36 one way ($53 RT.) www.britbus.com

You can get some really great travel tips & information on Lonely Planet's bulletin board, The Thorn Tree -http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com.

London as a whole is pretty expensive but you can do it on a shoestring budget. I really like the youth hostel in Holland Park, it's $20 a night, dorm-style rooms. However, I recommended it to a friend, and he complained that it was loud (hey, I'm deaf - what do I know???) Plus, all the museums - the V&A, the British Natural History, the Tate -- they're FREE! If you're going to be in London for 3 or more days it's worth the money to buy a Travelcard for the Tube -- I think it's 20 pounds for unlimited Tube travel for 4 days, or something like that.

If you are a teacher or a student you can qualify for a Council Travel membership, which is $18 a year and entitles you to the low Council Travel airfares & your Council Travel ID Card will give you the student discount with car rental companies, museums, hotels, etc ... www.counciltravel.com.

OK, that's all I can think of right now. This should get you started on finding a much better airfare.

Good luck and happy traveling!
Kathryn
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